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High hopes for the James Bay Project

The Story

On April 30, 1971, Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa announces plans for a massive hydroelectric-power development in northern Quebec. Hydro-Québec will build a series of dams, dikes, reservoirs and power stations and divert major rivers to harness massive amounts of power. The government believes the James Bay Project is the key to its economic future because cheap power will encourage new industry and create jobs.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: May 2, 1971
Guest: Robert Bourassa
Duration: 0:44

Did You know?

• Quebec nationalized its private electricity companies beginning in 1944 with the creation of Hydro-Québec. In 1963, as part of its efforts to modernize the province — a process dubbed the Quiet Revolution — it nationalized all the remaining private network and companies. The idea to nationalize was promoted by the Minister of Natural Resources René Lévesque in 1962.


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